THIS DAY IN HISTORY 18/05


This Day in History 18/05

MAY 18TH

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1642 – Montreal, Canada, founded

1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1803 – Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France

1960 – Real Madrid won its 5th European Cup
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1974 – India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb

1997 – Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic

2009 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1868 – Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)

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1920 – John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)

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1955 – Yun Fat Chow, Nam Nga Island Hong Kong, actor (Better Tomorrow)

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1970 – Tina Fey, Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, American writer/actress (Saturday Night Live)

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1981 – Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

1973 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92

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1980 – Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)

1980 – Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)

1980 – David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)

1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

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2000 – Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar

2013 – Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT)

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